Kagina vows to rid UNRA of corruption




Newly appointed Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) Executive Director, Allen Kagina, has started her campaign to transform and win back public trust which the authority lost with its numerous dirty scandals.

“I want to spend the next month or 3 weeks, getting to know the staff, the road program, the processes, gaps, challenges. I’m learning,” Kagina told press Tuesday morning in Kampala.

She asked people interfering with UNRA projects to stop.

“I will not be afraid to name and shame you if I have to,” she warned, adding, “I don’t want to be put in a position to put out a shame list.”

She said UNRA has almost 20% of the entire budget but that money is not released in time.

She asked the ministry of Finance to release funds in time to ensure effective service delivery.

She officially promised the nation to deliver on the roads.

“We shall build corruption resistance systems,” Kagina pointed out.

“We shall sort through the weaknesses in supervision. We shall focus on supervision so that Uganda gets the roads it pays for.”

She assured contractors  that UNRA procurement processes are transparent and fair.

Kagina reiterated that it was vital for UNRA to rebuild public trust in the road sector by building corruption resistance systems.

Having cleaned up Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) from 2004 to October 2014, Kagina left her position as commissioner general.

She was credited for turning around the tax body and raising the tax collection figures from Shs 2tn when she joined to Shs 8trn.

She is now poised to clean the rot characteristic of UNRA dealings.

Last year, UNRA governing board was forced to suspend senior staff, including the acting executive director, Eng. Ssebugga Kimeze, director for planning, Eng. David Luyimbazi, Joe Ssemugooma, the director for finance over the 74km Mukono-Katosi road fraud.

The group was accused of paying Shs 24.7bn to a ghost American firm through Housing Finance Bank.

The company claiming to be Eutaw Construction Company from the US won the Shs 165b road project.

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